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15 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Chelsey Johnston - 09 Aug 2018

Another weekend, another champ list of things to do. Thanks Melb. You know we’re trying to save money but yet you just…keep…tempting…us. This weekend we've got it all: murder mystery trivia, choc afternoon tea (!!) and fashion weekend at the Melbourne Fair. Get around it, guys.

Here's 15 awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne. 

All Weekend

Get Your Fashion On At Melbourne Fair

Oooooh, this is a goodie! It’s fashion weekend for the Melbourne Fair. All weekend long, get your fix of fash from the 1960s and an eyeful of Race Day looks. Not only can you have a squiz, but you can even take your favourite looks home! Vintage fashion market anyone? 

Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East 
When: Saturday 11 August and Sunday 12 August, 1pm and 3pm
For more info, click here

Check Out the West Projections Festival

White Night comes to West Melb (well, sort of) ! Wander around West Footscray on Friday and Saturday for the Good Cop program, and Saturday for the Bad Cop program (yeah, did we mention that’s our fave TV trope as well?) and take in some of Melb’s best local artists.

Where: 511 Barkly St, West Footscray
When:  Friday 10 August and Saturday 11 August, 6pm-7pm
For more info, click here

Eat All Of The Yum Cha AT Rice Paper Scissors 

This one barely needs explaining—we all know the iconic all-you-can-eat-yum-cha sessions at Rice Paper Scissors in Fitzroy. But this one is going to be the best of the best—the last session of the year, it's the chef’s personal selection of his favourite dishes on the menu. This is not to be missed, got it?

Where: 307 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 
When: Saturday 11 August and Sunday 12 August, 12pm and 2.30pm
For more info, click here

Thursday 9 August

Learn Coffee At Square One Brew Space

Melbourne is full of (let’s face it) coffee snobs. Yep, we’re calling you out. But if you’re going talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk...and you’re going to have to learn how to make a decent cuppa. Lucky for you, Square One Coffee Roasters are coming to Collingwood for one hour (and one hour only) to teach you all a thing or two. Check 'em out today at Worksmith

Where: Worksmith, 450 Smith Street, Collingwood
When: Thursday 9 August, 12.00pm-1.00pm
For more info, click here

Play Murder Mystery Trivia

Whodunit? Get down to The National Hotel tonight to take part in murder mystery trivia. Collect clues throughout the night, and see which team succeeds in finding out just who the sneaky little murderer is before they kill us all. Winner gets a $150 bar tab. Oh, and the best part: dogs welcome.

Where:  The National Hotel, 344 Victoria Street, Richmond
When: Thursday 9 August, 7.30pm
For more info, click here

Friday 10 August

Eat Burgers For A Good Cause

The guys at Changz Canteen are doing their bit for homelessness this Friday—it's called pay a snack forward. Basically, $5 from every cheeseburger you buy will go towards ending youth homelessness, and they'll also be taking donations on Friday. This one's running from midday to 9pm.

Where: Changz Canteen, 256 Glen Eira Rd, Elsternwick
When: Friday 10 August, 
For more info, click here

Jam Out At Seasons

Seasons is back for another night of live music and wicked light installations. The last one was 'Autumn' in April, and this one's 'Winter' (duh). John FIsh is behind the light show, and there'll be killer sets from Two People, Planète, Adi Toohey, Lonelyspeck and Juicy Romance.

Where: Rubix Warehouse, 36 Phoenix Street, Brunswick
When: Friday 10 August, 9p – 
For more info, click here

Saturday 11 August 

Splurge At Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Winter is the perfect time for chocolate. Warm, gooey, feel-good cocoa to help give you a bit more winter padding. And yeah…we know winter’s almost over. But it doesn’t feel that way yet, so we’re not counting on it. Little Collins Kitchen is putting on a chocolate afternoon tea every Sat during August. There'll be chocolate martinis, choc scones, choc cheesecake and all over chocolatey deliciousness. Yom.

Where: 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Saturday 11 August, 1pm-3pm
For more info, click here

Try Mindful Movement + Weaving

ICYMI, arts and crafts are back. In our chaotic world, we’ve all started to appreciate the way you need to slow down and focus your mind on the task ahead. But if you’re a bit like us and have trouble even holding a paintbrush steady, get yourself down to the Mindful Movement  + Mindful Weaving workshop. Learn some tapestry, get some movement-flow going (we’re excited to find out what this means, tbh) and have yourself a banger of an arvo.

Where: 126A Gladstone Avenue, Northcote
When: Saturday 11 August, 2pm-4.30pm
For more info, click here

Scoff truffles at Añada 

Nothing says ‘screw you weekdays’ like having a looooong, luxurious lunch that takes up half your day and leaves you no time to do anything productive with your weekend. And if the food is on-point, that’s just an extra bonus. Truffle season is on its way out, so if you haven’t feasted yet, make sure you get your tix to this four-course lunch at Añada Bar and Restaurant. Truffle tapas all around!

Where: Añada 197 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 
When: Saturday 11 August, 12pm
For more info, click here

Join the Tonic Taste-Off

Nothing, and we mean nothing, beats a cold G&T after a hard day at the office. Yeah, it’s cliché, don’t @ us. But which tonic is the best of the best? The Gin Queen herself, a.k.a the editor of Australia’s largest website all about gin, is on a hunt to find out which tonic taste best in our fave drink. Blind-tasting G&T’s? Uh, yes please!

Where: Union Electric,13 Heffernan Lane
When: Saturday 11 August, 3pm – 5pm 
For more info, click here

Sunday 12 August 

Brunch for a good cause 

Nothing we love more than a brunch—except perhaps a bevvy alongside it—and this one’s even for a good cause! There’s going to be delish food, ‘Pink Shimmer’ cocktails that are giving us serious Sex and the City vibes and all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Nation Australia. Win win win. Stick around near the MCG for the Field of Woman day and to check out the match between Melbourne and Sydney.

Where: The Sporting Globe, 288 Bridge Rd, Richmond
When: Sunday 12 August, 10am-12pm
For more info, click here

Sip Wine at VIN Dieman

Love wine? Yeah, us too. If you’re a bit of a wine snob, then you’re probably aware that Tasmania has a lot going on in the grape-juice game. Experience the best of the best from Tassy, without having to leave Melbourne CBD, at Southbank’s Pure South Dining.  Eat and drink your way through the island, all while staying firmly planted in your seat and your eyes on the Yarra.

Where: Pure South Dining, 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank 3006
When: Sunday 12 August, 12pm-5pm
For more info, click here

For The Diary 

Get Woke at TEDxMelbourne

You’ve seen them in uni lectures and motivational work meetings, now get ready to see them IRL: TEDX is coming to Melbourne. If you want to spend the rest of your week questioning the meaning of life, or society, or your brain, then this is the perfect event for you. Get ready for brain explosions and such.

Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
When: Monday 13 August, 8am-5pm
For more info, click here

Join the Truffle Dinner At Cutler & Co

Yep, another truffle event! I guess Melbourne just really can’t get enough of these fancy mushroom things. These truffles are sent over all the way from NSW (you think you have better fungi then us, Sydney??) so they’re a little taste of something different from your normal truffle fare. Cutler & Co are putting on a five-course truffle feast for us and *spoiler alert* there’s going to be a lil' bit of truffle in every course. Get in our bellies.

Where: Cutler & Co. 55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
When: Monday 13 August, bookings available from 6pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White

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